Third person charged with Colchester car park murder

Forensics investigate the scene at St Mary's car park in Colchester. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Forensics investigate the scene at St Mary's car park in Colchester. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

A third person has been charged with the murder of 56-year-old Martin Dines from Colchester.

Martin Dines, 56, from Colchester, was found dead on Monday, April 23. Picture: PROVIDED BY FAMILY

Martin Dines, 56, from Colchester, was found dead on Monday, April 23. Picture: PROVIDED BY FAMILY - Credit: Archant

Mark Hartley, 32, of New Kiln Road, Colchester, will appear before the town’s magistrates’ court today.

Essex Police launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a body at St Mary’s car park in Balkerne Hill, just before 9am on Monday, April 23.

The victim was later identified by police as Martin Dines, 56, from Colchester, who was believed to have been a member of the town’s rough sleeping community.

Two people were charged last week with Mr Dines’ murder and have been remanded to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, May 25.


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They are Heidi Kennedy, 46, of Queen Elizabeth Way, Colchester, and Darren Miller, 45, of no fixed abode.

A fourth person arrested on suspicion of murder was released under investigation.

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